Championship shorts: Coyle not getting carried away after Wigan rout Barnsley

Wigan boss Owen Coyle. Photo: PA

Wigan manager Owen Coyle was not getting carried away by his team's 4-0 win at Barnsley on the opening day of the Championship season.

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft felt his team were outclassed and although Coyle acknowledged the quality of Wigan's performance, he was remaining cautious.

The Scot explained: "It's one game and there are 45 to come - and we're certainly not getting carried away in terms of what it means. It means three points."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond admitted Joey Barton's future at Loftus Road was unclear.

The midfielder spent last term on loan at Marseille and was adamant in May he would not play in the Championship this season - but he started for Rangers in the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Bond said: "I don't know what the future holds for Joey Barton.

"Since he has been with us, he has trained well, conducted himself well and Harry was going to pick the best side to win the game today.

"I am not sure Joey Barton knows what the future holds for him but I thought he did a really good job for the team today."

Another relegated team from the Premier League last season, Reading, started with a 2-1 home win against Ipswich.

Royals manager Nigel Adkins was fulsome in his praise for Royston Drenthe afterwards, saying: "I think everyone can see he is a real talent and will be an exciting player for us this season."

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola said after the 1-0 win at Birmingham that there was no need for him to motivate the players after the disappointment of last season's play-off final defeat.

The Italian said: "Everyone feels we are better prepared as we have more knowledge of the difficulties and we are looking forward to making a strong challenge."

Leeds opened with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Brighton and manager Brian McDermott admitted: "Both sides could have won but in the Championship if you try and win and keep going, you get the breaks."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson said after his team's 1-0 win at Millwall: "The boys are buzzing, but it is just one game.

"We are used to people telling us we are going to get relegated and with our budget we really should be, but we use it as a strength.

"Anything we do is a bonus. But we have a group of lads who know how to put in a shift and work for each other. They will all improve as they are a young lot."

Two goals in the closing stages gave Blackpool a 3-1 win at Doncaster and Seasiders boss Paul Ince said: "Once we settled into our stride we played quite well despite missing numerous chances."

Bournemouth started with a 2-1 win over Charlton and boss Eddie Howe said afterwards: "We knew we needed to start well. We were somewhere near our best today but we are going to need to do it every week."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said after his team's come-from-behind 2-1 win at former club Middlesbrough: "The momentum in games in the Championship can change very quickly."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche insisted after the 1-1 draw with Bolton that there is life after Charlie Austin, who joined QPR this week.

Dyche said: "There were good signs. It (the departure of Austin) has been, it's gone and we move on."

Bolton counterpart Dougie Freedman said: "I think we lost the opening game last season but that was never going to happen with this new group. We made sure that we put everything we had on the line."

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins took the positives out of his team's 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest, saying: "It was certainly better than our last visit here, even if we scored in that game, although this time we can say that they have scored five less goals."